PROFESSOR DAVID M. SARNO - 2009 OUTSTANDING SERVICE
Professor David M. Sarno is the recipient of the ACS New
York Section’s Outstanding Service Award for 2009. Professor Sarno
was presented with the award at the 2010 Sectionwide Conference held at
St. John’s University on January 16. The Outstanding Service Award
is presented annually to recognize the efforts of members of the New York
Section who provide their time, leadership skills and dedicated service
in promoting quality programs that contribute to the excellence of the
Section. It was first awarded in 1976.
David earned his B.S., M.A.T. and Ph.D. in Chemistry at the
State University of New York at Binghamton. His doctoral work was
conducted with Wayne Jones on the surface chemistry and self-assembly of
mono- and multilayer architectures by transition metal coordination chemistry.
He then moved on to a post-doctoral fellowship with Alan MacDiarmid at
the University of Pennsylvania to study conducting polymer nanomaterials.
In 2004, eager to get into the classroom, he joined the Chemistry Department
at Queensborough Community College of CUNY. He is now a tenured Associate
Professor teaching various levels of General Chemistry lecture and lab,
and he also runs a research group with 2-3 QCC undergraduates each semester.
David became an ACS member in 1997 while in graduate school.
He has attended and presented at national meetings, and published in and
reviewed articles for ACS journals. Since joining QCC he has become
actively involved in the Long Island subsection of the New York Section,
serving as Chair in 2008 and currently as Publicity Chair. He also
regularly contributes to the annual Chemistry Challenge and High School
Awards events sponsored by the subsection. As of 2010, he is serving
his first term as Director-at-Large for the New York Section.
David made a significant contribution to the New York Section
through his role in the 40th Middle Atlantic Regional Meeting in 2008.
He began his involvement in MARM as Secretary of the Executive Board, but,
before long, he had become the all around “go-to-guy” and, eventually,
found himself in the position of General Co-Chair along with colleague,
Dr. Paris Svoronos of QCC. MARM, over a four-day period, was attended
by nearly one thousand scientists, students and educators. Meanwhile,
and in addition to his duties to the NY section and LI subsection, he was
heavily involved in the creation of the first QCC Chemistry Department
laboratory dedicated to student-faculty research. But most exciting
of all, he and his wife, Jenny, were expecting their first child in 2008.
Their daughter Olive arrived in July 2008. The new parents were relieved
that MARM was long over.
In 2009, MARM 2008 earned a ChemLuminary Award for Outstanding
Regional Meeting. Though the actual award is at QCC, he is proud
and happy to share it with everyone who made the meeting such a success.
David lives in Astoria, Queens with his family, including
a leopard gecko named Moltar.
Congratulations, David, and thank you for your continued
dedication to the ACS New York Section!